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Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood

Everyone knows the story of Cinderella. There are literally hundreds of versions out there of this classic fairy-tale story of a lonely servant girl treated poorly by her stepsisters. Through her difficulties, Cinderella remains kind-hearted, and eventually, she is recused by the Prince who has fallen in love with her at first sight. It is a story that all children love, and it is a story that my daughter and I have literally read, watched, and acted out hundreds of time.

Whenever I find a new version of Cinderella, I quickly pick it up for two separate reasons. First of all, I snag any different version of classic fairy tales I can find. As both an elementary and middle school reading teacher, I have had Common Core State Standard in every grade that I have taught that requires me to teach students to compare and contrast stories of similar themes or plots.

Fairy tales are perfect for this standard. Students know them, and there are some many versions out there. I love pulling in different culture versions of these fairy tales, and I love also finding versions that have fun themes for students, such as Interstellar Cinderella's space themed.

My second reason for snagging the book, Interstellar Cinderella, is my own selfish reasons. At home my daughter often picks Cinderella as her bedtime story, I just needed a break from the Disney version, and Interstellar Cinderella satisfied my daughter’s Cinderella craving and allowed me to finally read a different book!

Interstellar Cinderella takes a fun spin on the fairy tale we all know and love. In this version, Cinderella is a driven girl that yearns to be a mechanic on spaceships. Her passion drives her to self-train herself in space mechanics, and she is ready to come to the Prince's rescue when his ship breaks down at the Gravity-Free Ball. After the ball, the Prince goes searching for the girl that stole his heart and fixed his spaceship.

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